Following long battles between the Israeli government and the disabled community, an agreement was reached. However, some organizations are still unhappy with the conditions of the agreement and will continue to protest.
Agreement reached between the sides Photo credit: Histadrut Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News
After a long battle between the government and the disabled community, an agreement was reached with the assistance of Israel’s labor union organization, the Histadrut.
According to the agreement, a total of 4.2 billion shekels will be provided each year for disability benefits and the monthly benefits will range between 2,100 to 4,500 shekels (approximately 600 to 1,250 dollars). The improved benefits will start in January of 2018 and will end in January of 2021. In addition, 150 million shekels will be added to children’s disability benefits and 75 million shekels will be added to encourage the employment of disabled persons.
Protests to continue Photo credit: Channel 2 News
“We made social history in Israel,” Histadrut Chairman Avi Nissenkorn stated at the end of the negotiations. “We dramatically improved the economic condition of the disabled population.”
While many organizations welcomed the agreement, some are still unhappy with its conditions and stated that they will continue to block roads in protest.